By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Madison Keys, Venus Williams, Elena Vesnina
- 2016 Champion: Sloane Stephens
- British Interest: Amanda Carreras [Q]
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CHARLESTON, USA – Firm home favourites Madison Keys and Venus Williams head up the field, but can Johanna Konta build on her momentum after winning the Miami Open?
Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
|WTA Charleston $776,000||R1||3 Apr|
|N Osaka (JPN)||67(4) 64 62||J Larsson (SWE)|
|K Bondarenko (UKR)||64 75||E Rodina (RUS)|
|J Ostapenko (LAT)||64 62||A Bogdan [Q] (ROU)|
|A Petkovic (GER)||75 62||L Arruabarrena (ESP)|
|O Jabeur [LL] (TUN)||64 61||M Erakovic (NZL)|
|L Siegemund (GER)||67(6) 62 76(4)||L Tsurenko (UKR)|
|J Jankovic (SRB)||60 64||E Alexandrova (RUS)|
|M Puig (PUR)||46 62 41 RET||K Siniakova  (CZE)|
|A Riske (USA)||75 46 60||K Day [WC] (USA)|
 Madison Keys
Madison Keys’ comeback was a long time coming, and it started with a couple of good rounds in Indian Wells, but was less successful in Miami with just one win behind her, but small steps for a player who has had to struggle with already more than her fair share of injuries in her short career.
We could be on for another clash in the third round with another rising star in the WTA as she could meet Naomi Osaka again in the third round – she demolished the Japanese player in a match that many thought would be far closer.
Her quarter-finalist could be Kiki Bertens, who had that spirited run at last year’s French Open, and is solid prospect on clay.
 Venus Williams
After winning Charleston on her debut, Venus Williams has frequently been at the quarter-final and semi-final stages, and in her current resurgent form, could this be the year she adds another green-clay title to the fold?
She was knocked out in the 2013 semi-final by little sister Serena Williams, but with a decent draw in front of her, not to mention her consistency this year so far makes her a contender. She may well be up against Lucie Safarova as her first seed in the third round and the Czech too is back on an upward trajectory after being blindsided by a virus after her successes in 2015.
 Elena Vesnina
After the highs of winning Indian Wells, Miami was awfully short-lived for Elena Vesnina who is also a study in resilience after climbing back up the rankings after having dropped out of the Top 100 by the end of 2015. Yet last year’s finalist in Charleston could well be our one to watch this week.
Charleston is a surface that suits Vesnina’s strengths and she has made the final here twice,, Her side of the bracket is an absolute gift with a Bye and three qualifiers in her opening segment. Her round three challenge could be the feisty Jelena Ostapenko or Lauren Davis. She may well hope for Ostapenko to spring the surprise before round three as Davis has beaten her in all here of their encounters, but they have never met on clay.
Her probably quarter-final opponent is Wozniacki – the Dane skipped the entire clay court season last year through injury and Charleston has been a decent tournament for her too, with two finals, and beating Vesnina to the hardware in 2011.
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